Richard BROWN of Barton Regis, Co. Gloucestershire Eng, may have come over with John Pierce
John BROWN died circa 1670 at his son's home, a smith from Pemaquid 1623; of New Harbor ME 1625, also of Damariscotta & Woolwich
Spouse: Margaret HAYWARD married in ENG 1631 St. Augustine the Lesser, Bristol????
Children: John born circa 1635-6, died 1734, married Elizabeth __; Elizabeth; Margaret married Alexander Gould & Morris Chamblet; Francis; Mary married Richard Redding; Emme/Emma (Nem) born 1645 married Nicholas Demingwho married 2nd Sarah Paine
Spouse: Richard PIERCE/PEARCE lived at Macondus ME
Children: Richard born circa 1647 died by 1734 of Marblehead married Mary ? ; John; William; Frances; George; Elizabeth; Margaret
A History Of The Towns Of Bristol And Bremen In The State of Maine: Richard Pearce (Pearse Peirce) son of John Peirce of London Eng came early to this place perhaps at the same time with John Brown whose daughter Elizabeth he married. It has been conjectured that the marriage was at least contracted before they came to this country but it is only conjecture.
Gen. Dictionary ME & NH pg 115: John Brown Pemaquid, smith, whose name is a thousand times in print, chiefly because of a forged Ind deed antedated nearly a century. His earliest comtemp ment is (not 1625 but) 1 Nov 1639, the date of the Ind deed of the lower part of Woolwich to Edw Bateman and "John Brown sometime of Pemaquid." In 1664, selling out to Bateman, he was again "of Pemaquid." His s John b ab 1636, dep in 1721 that he liv at New Harbor, Pemaquid, until ab 30, when he want back 8 miles to live on land his bro-in-law Pierce had bot of the Indians (1642). One lease to his father, by Mr. Shurt and Robert Knight, had been assigned to William Bickford by 1661. Mr. Knight came over at the expiration of Mr. Shurt's 5 yr contract in 1640. We may conj how long bef 1639 John Brown came. Robert Allen back to England in 1658 dep that he had kn one John Brown of Newharbour in New Eng 17 yrs. (the earliest contemp ment of New Harbor) and had often been told by him that his father was Richard Brown of Barton Regis, co. Glouc., and that he married with Margaret, d of Francis Hayward of Briston, wayte player. The occa of this dep has not been ascert. Allen called him a mason but he is called smith in deeds here. The hundred of Barton Regis, contained four parishes, one of them Margotsfield, makes the northerly suburbs of Briston. John Brown, s of Thomas Browne of Margotsfield, was appr 20 Nov 1611 to Robert North blacksm and was duly made citizen of Bristol 12 Feb 1624[5. James Phippes, s of Wm Phippes b in Margotsfield, was apprent 1 Mar 1625-6 to John Brown of Bristol, blacksm and Joan, his wife for 8 yrs. Discrep have not been reconc but the father of Sir Wm Phips, James of Woolwich, was a gunsmith. See Cox (33). In Philip's War the Browns escaped to Boston, where the f liv with his eldest son. Conflict, untrust, dep leave us uncert whether he or his wife came back. Lists 11, 13, 121. Ch: Elizabeth m Richard Pierce. Margaret mar Alexander Gould, Morris Chamblet. John b 1635. Francis wit Ind deed 1666, sold land at New Harbor, last ment 1674. List 15. Mary m Richard Redding. Emme or Nem b 1645 m Nicholas Dennen.
Topographical pg 55: BROWN, John; Briston Gloucestershire; Pemaquid ME; Ref Banks Mss.
Pioneers ME & NH pg 83: GOULD, GOLD, Alexander or Sander, New Harbor, or Pemaquid ME with his wife Margaret, had a deed of gift of a tract of land at Broad Bay from her father John Brown of New Harbor 8 Aug 1660. Daus Margaret, Mary & Elizabeth. [Eastern claims] One of these daus married James Stilson who petitioned Andros in 1689 giving some of these facts. 26 BROWN, John, New Harbor, Pemaquid, bought of the Indian sagamore Somerset or Samoset 7/15/1625, a tract of land extending from Pemaquid Falls to the head of New Harbor, thence to the south end of Muscongus island, running into the country North and by east 25 miles, then twenty eight miles northwest and by west, then south and by west to Pemaquid. Witnessed by Matthew Newman and William Cox. Acknowledged before Abraham Shurt 7/24/1626. [Me. Hist. Coll. V, 191-5.] /P/ This deed was recorded at Charlestown MA 12/26/1720 upon request of James Stillson and Margaret Stillson. [Book of Eastern Claims.] His son John Brown, of Framingham MA deposed 2/9/1720 aged about 85 years that he lived with his father at New Harbor, near Pemaquid till he was about 30 years old, and that during that time his brother in law Richard Pearse bought land of the Indians. /P/ His dau. Margaret m. Alexander Gould, q.v.
Pioneers Maine Rivers pg 352: BROWN, John, mason; bought land from Robinhood at Woolwich with Bateman 1639; New Harbor 1654-1676; widow Margaret dau of Francis Haywood, of Briston, Eng; children Elizabeth, Emma, Francis, John born 1635, and Margaret.
New York Genealogical & Biographical Record: JOHN BROWN OF NEW HARBOR MAINE 1623 1670 AND SOME OF HIS DESCENDANTS CONTRIBUTED BY THERESA HALL BRISTOL John Brown of Pemaquid New Harbor Damariscotta and Woolwich now in Maine is distinguished only as having been the recipient of what is considered to be the first Indian deed on record He was the son of Richard Brown of Barton Regis Gloucestershire Eng and married Margaret daughter of Francis Hayward of Bristol Eng He is supposed to have come from Bristol to Pemaquid now Bristol Me as early as 1623 On July 15 1625 John Brown then of New Harbor purchased of the Sagamores Capt John Samoset and Unongoit for fifty skins a tract of land described as follows Beginning at Pemaquid Falls and so running a direct course to the head of New Harbor from thence to the south end of Muscongus Island taking in the Island and so running five and twenty miles into the country north and by east and thence eight miles northwest and by west to Pemaquid where it first began This deed was acknowledged at Pemaquid before Abraham Shurt July 24 1626 and is supposed to be the earliest Indian deed on record The History of Bristol and Bremen Maine Including the Pemaquid Settlement by John Johnston LL D 1873 gives a very full account of John Brown his possessions and some of his descendants also a detailed account of the Indian wars which depleted and scattered the early population on this part of the coast of Maine The object of this article is therefore only to bring together such genealogical material as has come to light later through other publications and to include the names of all the heirs in 1812 to John Brown's estate through the line of his granddaughter Margaret Gould Stilson Pittman and her first husband James1 Stilson The line of James4 Stilson James8 has been made as complete as possible by a personal search of New Hampshire records and is verified by Lincoln County Depositions of 1812 in possession of the Maine Historical Society and deposited in their library at Portland The names of the other children of James8 Stilson with the exception of Hannah and their descendants have been taken entirely from these depositions made at the time John Brown's descendants tried to regain the Eastern lands There seems to be some uncertainty as to the time and place of John Brown's death but it was probably about 1670 as stated in the History of Bristol and Bremen and at his son John's at Damariscotta The historian further states that John Brown's wife returned to New Harbor after the Indian War of 1676 and built a house there Children Brown i John b 1636 m Elizabeth ii Margaret m i Alexander Gould m 2 Morris Cham pett spelled Chamlet Chamblet Champney Cham less and Champrise iii Elizabeth m Richard Pierce iv Emma m Nicholas Denning The deposition of John and Richard Pierce 1729 published in the Genealogical Advertiser Vol II p 28 gives the children of Eme Brown dau of John Brown ye wife of Nicholas Denning as Agnes Doliber Eme Elwell Elizabeth Paine Nicholas Denning Mary Stevens William Denning George Denning John Brown gave the Island of Muscongus and a large tract upon the mainland to Alexander Gould the husband of his daughter Margaret as Margaret's marriage portion This was by deed dated Aug 8 1660 and she continued to live upon it long after the death of her husband Various York Deeds and Lincoln Co Depositions.
Ten Years at Pemaquid: The purchase of land of the Pemaquid Indians constitutes another important epoch in our history Prof John Johnston's history of Bristol and Bremen states that Brown probably came here direct from Bristol England and he copies a document from the records of that place relating to him dated Feb 21 1658 when Robert Allen testified that he had often told him that he was the son of Richard Brown of Barton Regis in Gloucester in England and that he married Margaret daughter of Francis Hayward of Bristol To all people whom it may concern Know ye that I Capt John Somerset and Unongoit Indian sagamores they being the proper heirs to all the lands on both sides of Muscon gus river have bargained and sold to John Brown of New Harbour this certain tract or parcell of land as followeth that is to say beginning at Pemaquid Falls and so running a direct course to the head of New Harbour from thence to the south end of Muscongus Island taking in the island and so running five and twenty miles into the country north and by east and thence eight miles northwest and by west and then turning and running south and by west to Pemaquid where first begun To all which lands above bounded the said Captain John Somerset and Unnongoit Indian sagamores have granted and made over to the above said John Brown of New Harbor in and for consideration of fifty skins to us in hand paid to our full satisfaction for the above mentioned lands and we the above said sagamores do bind ourselves and our heirs forever to defend the above said John Brown and his heirs in the quiet and peaceable possession of the above said lands In witness whereunto the said Capt John Somerset and Unnongoit have set our hands and seals this fifteenth day of July in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and twenty five CAPT JOHN SOMERSET SEAL UNNONGOIT SEAL Signed and sealed in presence of us MATTHEW NEWMAN WM Cox July 24 1626 Capt John Somerset and Unnongoit Indian Sagamores personally appeared and acknowledged this instrument to be their act and deed at Pemaquid before me ABRAHAM SHUBTE.
The Beginnings of Colonial Maine: 1 Johnston History of Bristol and Bremen 54 55 An attested copy of this deed was recorded in York County Register August 3 1739 With reference to the authenticity of the deed those connected with the transaction offered the deposition of Simon Frost formerly deputy secretary of the province under Josiah Willard Esq in which he testified that when he was in the office he drew from one of its books called the Book of Records the aforementioned deed which was there fairly recorded and of which the deed aforesaid is a true copy and the deponent further testified that when the court house in Boston was burnt about the year 1748 he had reason to believe the said Book of Records was consumed by fire See Report of Massachusetts Commissioners to Investigate the Causes of the Difficulties in the County of Lincoln 1811 16 /P/ An early document2 in the records of Bristol England mentions this John Brown as a son of Richard Brown of Barton Regis in Gloucester England and adds that he married Margaret daughter of Francis Hay ward of Bristol It is supposed that he came to the Maine coast directly from Bristol probably in one of the fishing or trading vessels of that prosperous city He not only became the possessor of the large tract of land above mentioned but in 1639 he purchased of the Indians land at what was then known as Naquasset now Woolwich on the Kennebec a little above Bath but on the eastern side of the river and thither he removed A daughter Elizabeth married Richard Pearce 4 who in 1641 secured an Indian title to land at Muscongus a part of the same being within the bounds of Brown's purchase in 1625 the father in law being a witness to the transaction Brown sold his land at Naquasset in 1646 and returned to his eastern possessions In 1654 he was living at Damariscotta In a deposition of Benjamin Prescott of Danvers made in Salem Mass in 1765 Brown is mentioned as living during the last years of his life in Boston with his son John Brown Jr Another daughter Margaret married Sander or Alexander Gould 1 Concerning Somerset one of the Indian sagamores from whom John Brown obtained the large tract of land described in the above deed mention has already been made Unongoit is known only in connection with this transaction Abraham Shurt 2 before whom the acknowledgment of John Brown's Indian deed of land was made July 24 1626 was not on this side of the ocean when the deed was executed but came hither in 1626 and soon after his arrival took up his residence at Pemaquid where he spent the large part of his long and useful life engaged in business relations that extended to Massachusetts on one side and to Nova Scotia on the other In his participation in the acknowledgment of the above deed Shurt appended no title to his signature and probably claimed no legal authority for the service he rendered but familiar with common English forms in business transactions evidently a man of ability and integrity he was doubtless recognized as the best fitted for the service of any of the residents on the Pemaquid peninsula.
The New York genealogical and biographical record, Volume 51: John1 Brown the immigrant ancestor said to have been the son of Richard Brown of Barton Regis England b certainly earlier than 1614 and probably earlier than 1604, he received a deed of land from the Indians dated July 15 1625, he then being of New Harbor Maine. It is presumed that as he received this grant of land in 1625 he must have been at least 21 years old in that year which places the year of his birth at least as early as 1604. He was probably born some years earlier for in 1625 he was a married man and settled in Pemaquid having married in Bristol Eng prior to his emigration to this country and it is fair to presume that he was at least 21 years old when married. We have also the deposition of his son John2 Brown made on Feb 9 1720 when John Brown was 85 years old hence John9 Brown was born 85 years earlier than 1720 or in 1635 and assuming John1 Brown to have been at least 21 years old he was probably some years older when his son John2 Brown was born it would by positive evidence place the year of birth of John1 Brown as early as 1614 at Barton Regis Gloucestershire England d about 1670 we know from the testimony of his son John2 Brown as quoted above that he was alive in 1665 at Damariscotta Me m prior to 1623 probably as he is supposed to have come to this country a married man as early as 1623 at Bristol England to Margaret Hayward dau of Francis and ___Hayward of Bristol Eng b at Bristol Eng possibly d 1676 or later at New Harbor Me probably Res Barton Regis Eng Bristol Eng, Pemaquid, New Harbor, and Damariscotta and Woolwich Me. He is supposed subsequent to his marriage in Bristol Eng to have come over to this country arriving as early as 1623 in which year he is thought to have been settled in Pemaquid Me. On July 15 1625 he then being of New Harbor Me he received from the Indians by deed in consideration of fifty skins a large tract of land in and about Pemaquid which deed was acknowledged July 24 1626. This deed is supposed to be the first recorded Indian deed to lands in this country and granted land some 25 by 8 miles in extent. The exact date of John1 Brown's death is uncertain but we know from the deposition of his son John2 Brown that he was alive in 1665 and the historian of Bristol and Bremen Me states that it was probably about 1670 and that the place of his death was at his son John's at Damariscotta. John1 Brown's sole claim to prominence seems to rest on the fact of his having received by deed from the Indians a tract of land of some 200 square miles. The historian further states that after his death John1 Brown's widow returned to New Harbor Me after the Indian War of 1676 and built a house there. She probably d therefore after 1676. Children 4 Brown 1 son and 3 daus viz 1 John b ...1635 m Elizabeth ...? 2 Margaret m 1 Alexander Gould m 2 Morris Champett see below 3 Elizabeth m Richard Pierce 4 Emma m Nicholas Deming
Sir Charles Henry Frankland,
baronet: or, Boston in the colonial times:
In the summer of 1742 the town of Marblehead was authorized to erect a
fortification since called Fort Sewall for the defence of its harbor
against the French cruisers and £690 were appropriated for this by the
government. On a visit to this place undertaken it might have been with
the view of promoting this work or of transacting business pertaining to
the revenues for this flourishing town had already become a port of
entry, Frankland's attention was arrested by a very beantiful girl
some sixteen summers old who happened at the time to be engaged in the
very ungraceful occupation of scrubbing the floor of the tavern where he
stopped. Her dress was poor and scanty and her feet were destitute of
slices and stockings. She was a waiting girl of all work at the village
inn it might have been the Fountain House near the fort, and her
wretched garb at once declared that she was of the humbler class of
waiting girls. But though so meanly clad and serviely employed, the
young collector instantly discovered in her form and features gleams of
sparkling beanty. Her ringlets were as black and glossy as the raven,
her dark eyes beamed with light and loveliness, her voice was musical
birdlike, and she bore the charming name of Agnes Surriag.
Frankland called her from her scrubbing kindly to him made some
inquiries in relation to her parents and, perceiving that her wit was
equal to her beauty, gave her a crown to buy a pair of shoes and then
bore home with him as we may well suppose the image of this beautiful
waiting maid of Marblehead. Visiting the town sometime afterwards
perhaps in the autumn of the same year, he was surprised to find
Agnes Surriage working still without shoes and stockings and to his
enquiry why she had not purchased them, she replied with charming
naivete I have indeed sir with the crown you gave me but I keep them to
wear to meeting. The elegance, other lithe and slender form, the
sprightliness of her mind, the artlessness and modesty of her ways quite
entranced the heart of Franklaud and he sought and gained permission of
her parents Edward and Mary Surriage, who were then poor but
pious people. to remove her to Boston to be educated. On coming to town
Agnes was immediately permitted to enjoy the best educational
advantages which the place then afforded. She was taught reading,
writing, grammar, music, dancing, embroidery, and whatever graces and
accomplishments were thought requisite to form a fashionable and perfect
lady. In acquiring a polite education she did not however lose the
artless simplicity of her childhood nor the pious counsel of her mother
and the Rev Dr Edward Holyoke her pastor at Marblehead. Thus several
summers passed away Frankland attending to the duties of his office
talking politics with John Overing, Charles Apthorp, or Robert Auchmuty
reading the Gentleman's Magazine, the Spectator, or the Boston Evening
Post, driving out to Cambridge, Salem, or Marblehead or playing whist
and dominoes with Gov Shirley and his accomplished lady Frances while
Agnes Surriage was steadily pursuing her studies under Peter Pelham
or other instructors of that day. Among the scanty records of
Frankland's life at this period I find that he gave a ring dial and a
spirit level to Harvard College in 1743, and I have discovered the two
following brief documents bearing his large bold signature filed away
among the state papers of Massachusetts......